Thursday, 20 April 2017

Newsletter Items: 23rd April 2017

Thank You
Many thanks again to those who have helped during Lent and especially during the celebration of the Triduum - making the liturgies such an opportunity of prayerful encounter with our Lord. Much work goes on behind the scenes to enable this to happen and I am very grateful for the often hidden contribution made by so many in the parish.  For the many who simply ‘turn up’ and expect ‘everything to be done’ - perhaps offer a prayer for those who work so hard to make things happen in the parish - and perhaps consider stepping forward to contribute in an active way.

A Grant for the Parish Centre - but help is needed
We have recently received a grant from the County Council to help with a refurbishment of the Parish Centre. We are blessed to have a centre which we can use as a parish - I am also grateful to those who help keep it going.   Help is needed from parishioners. Any Parishioner who has time to assist in the Parish Centre Concert Room refurbishment from 21-26 April, please contact Paul Lovell 07788818535 for further details of ways to help.

Catholicism: The Pivotal Players
In February we will have a new opportunity to learn more about our faith using Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism series.  Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation. The series will be held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings in the Parish Centre after Mass. Optional personal study material will be available via email.
The next gathering will be this Tuesday, 25th April when we’ll consider St. Thomas Aquinas - who we missed out at an earlier stage.

Attendance and Figures
Holy Thursday - 75 ; Good Friday 115 [£79.50 for Holy Places]; Easter Vigil - 75.  Easter Sunday 116 + 136.  Easter Offering £489.05 + £395.95.  

Carlisle Food Bank
Please continue to support this worthy initiative through contributing and putting your offerings in the basket at the back of Christ the King. If we could supply especially UHT milk, rice pudding, custard, tinned fruit, pasta sauce. High Protein food such as tinned meat, tuna etc are also much appreciated.

Family Weekend at Castlerigg Manor
Our diocesan residential youth centre, Castlerigg Manor, Keswick invites you to join in their Family Weekend: 28-30 April. For more information, visit, e-mail or phone the team on 017687-72711.

Teaching Posts
St Joseph's Catholic High School (11 to 16), Workington is currently looking to appoint the following staff: Senior Deputy Headteacher, the post requires the holder to be a practising Catholic; Maths Teachers; Science Teachers. All details at or contact Sybil Worsley, Business Manager , on 01900 873290 or

Feast of Divine Mercy 
The celebration of Divine Mercy will be held in St Bede’s, Carlisle on Sunday 23 April at 2.30 pm. Experience the mercy and the love of the Lord in this celebration.

Ga’an Away
Advanced warning that Fr. Michael will be taking a break from the parish (you probably need a break from him….) from Monday 15th May until Friday 2nd June. 

New Apostolic Nuncio
Our Holy Father has appointed as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Grace Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, until now, Apostolic Nuncio to Greece. Bishop Campbell assured him of our prayers, welcome and best wishes as he takes up his new office. 
Archbishop Adams is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was designated Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh on 24 August 1996 and was consecrated bishop on 23 October later that year. 
After six years as Papal Representative in Bangladesh, Archbishop Adams was named Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe on 22 August 2002 and after serving five years in that country, on 3 September 2007, he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines. He has served as Nuncio to Greece since 22 February 2011. 
This news may speed up the process of finding Bishop Campbell’s successor as Bishop of Lancaster.

Knights of St. Columba
We have a very active Knights of St. Columba in Carlisle. I would encourage all the men of the parish to consider joining the Knights of St. Columba to assist you in the living out of your Catholic faith. Don’t just watch from the sidelines - get involved….

Outreach Worker 
Our Lady of Furness, Barrow is seeking to employ a committed practising Roman Catholic as a Parish Outreach Worker. The role will be primarily to support, develop and implement the parish mission in all aspects of the Gospel. The post is for 21 hours per week with a salary of £10,952.00 pa. For more info, please contact 01229 820210 or email  Closing date: Thursday 4th May 2017. 

Mass at Newman
Parishioners are welcome to join the school for the celebration of Holy Mass on Friday mornings.  For information on how to access the room used for Mass, please have a word with Fr. Michael.

Monastic Experience
QUARR ABBEY: Monastic Experience Weekend for Catholic men 18-35. An opportunity to sample monastic life in the Benedictine tradition from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017.  For further information - 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham

This will take place between 26th to 29th Sept 2017 at a cost of £265. For more details, please call Paul Briers on 01946 834834.

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